South East Asia corruption and a cash less based society

Hello all,

South East Asia has a strong history of corruption. Out of the main countries in the region, only very few have been historically fighting their own corruption.

Today’s situation is not much better for most.

on a scale of 1 (very bad) to 10 (no corruption). Here is a ranking that should frighten all of us:

Myanmar (Burma) 1.4

Indonesia 2.1

Laos 2.1

Cambodia 2.1

Philippines 2.4

Vietnam 2.7

Sri Lanka 3.2

India 3.3

Thailand  3.5

Malaysia  4.4

and…wait for it..

Singapore 9.3 (or #1 ranking in the world…)


So why is it that such a small country have been effective at cleaning up its own space . Some countries around the region are told to be similar and yet don’t have such results. Malaysia has been contemplated as the bigger cousin of Singapore for many reasons  and yet doesn’t achieve close to the same results.

One reason I d like to put out there for the ones that care to fix it: cash less based society. 

Now I am going to state the obvious: imagine a world where all transactions are electronic. Imagine a world where there is no way for people to pay than using legitimate companies that have to report suspect transactions and fraud. Well corruption in that world would be limited don’t you think?



David Pardo


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Posted on 10/09/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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